John McCormick (footballer)
|Full name||John McCormick|
|Date of birth||18 July 1936|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
John McCormick (born 18 July 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland), is a former professional footballer. Playing as a centre back he made a total of 334 appearances in the Football League and Scottish League, for Third Lanark, Aberdeen and Crystal Palace before moving into non-league football with Wealdstone.
He began his senior career at Third Lanark, in 1959 to 1965 and helped his hometown club to a third-placed finish in the Scottish First Division in 1961. In the close season of 1964 he moved to Aberdeen after 190 appearances for Lanark, but without scoring.
Palace manager Bert Head paid just £1,500 for McCormick's services, on 30 May 1966. White had been Head's main target but it was McCormick, after initially understudying Alan Stephenson, who helped the club to its promotion to the First Division for the first time in 1968–69. In that season McCormick was ever present making 42 appearances and scoring three times. In the top flight he formed a solid defensive partnership with fellow centre-half Mel Blyth and won Palace's first ever "Player of the Year" award at the end of the 1971-72 season. He was awarded a testimonial during the next season.
During the early part of the 1972–73 season McCormick lost his place, which was taken by Bobby Bell, and was subsequently allowed to leave on a free transfer. He joined Wealdstone, then managed by former Palace colleague Eddie Presland, and helped the club to win the Southern League division one south in 1973–74.